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Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor, The Ten Commandments
(DeMille had already filmed an earlier version in 1923) has an anachronistic, impassioned style that finds lead actors Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner expressively posing while hundreds of extras writhe either in the presence of God's power or from orgiastic heat. DeMille, as always, plays both sides of the fence as far as sin goes, surrounding Heston's Moses with worshipful music and heavenly special effects while also making the sexy action around the cult of the Golden Calf look like fun. You have to see The Ten Commandments
to understand its peculiar resonance as an old-new movie, complete with several still-impressive effects such as the parting of the Red Sea. --Tom Keogh
Record Label Paramount
Format AC-3 / Anamorphic / Closed-captioned /
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58"
Binding DVD Video
Publisher Vision Video\Gateway Films
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|A Great Classic Aug 6, 2005|
|This movie was made in 1956, and is still great today! It has a gripping story (based on the Old Testament Biblical account of Moses beginning in Egypt). This epic stars Charlton Heston, Yule Brenner and a literal cast of thousands. It is a movie classic you and your family will want to watch again and again.|
|I give this movie 5 stars not for the acting but the sets Aug 3, 2005|
|The acting was like all the acting in bibicial type movies of the era. I think this is what is wrong with all religions at least in my view, that we don't feel really connected with the "God" or whatever your interpertation of "God" is. I think it was perpetuated by movies like this. The overly wooden performances, I don't think Charlton Heston found his inner "Moses" in order to portray him as a person that lived in a desert at that particular time in history. After all Moses did have a wife and children, how did they feel about being totally ignored by their father after he became the spreader of the word of God? Well anyway, the sets and the costumes and of course the famous parting of the sea is spectacular and will never be duplicated. |
|Spellbinding. . . Jun 8, 2005|
|Okay. I admit it. Watching this Biblical epic, when it was a mainstay on ABC each Easter evening for some 30 years, I practically had the whole script memorized. . .even knew when Anne Baxter, as over-eager Nefretiri, would slide into a wickedly wonderful pattern of over-acting. ("Moses. . ." she would coo, "take me in your arms. . .") I must have seen THE TEN COMMANDMENTS dozens of times, and yet, each year, I plopped my carcass on the couch on Easter evening, popcorn and suds in tow, and watched Cecil B. DeMille's 4-plus hour epic, completely mesmerized and entertained. |
All of us know the story: a once-great Egyptian prince leads his true people, the Hebrews, into freedom from four centuries of slavery and bondage. It is a great story, as four books of the Old Testament aptly, well, attest. Yet what makes this flick truly wonderful, impressive, and fun to watch, is the scope and grand scale of DeMille's 1956 epic--from the awesome vistas of Egypt, portrayed on a blue screen in some Hollywood studio, to the blatantly corny, often laughable, dialogue and actions of its characters (a distant reflection of the silent film icon who dominates this picture). Accordingly, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, in particular, this DVD Special Collector's Edition, is an absolute blast for film buffs thirsty for more trivia and knowledge regarding one of Hollywood's alltime classics.
Here, in the wonderful commentaries that accompany the film, "The Ten Commandments" student and author Katherine Orrison furnishes an incredible, interesting, and overwhelming avalanche of information. For instance: Did you know that DeMille's first choice for Queen Nefretiri was not Anne Baxter, but Audrey Hepburn? Yet, unfortunately, Hepburn lacked the figure to fill out the silk gowns so prevalent for her character, so Baxter got the nod. And. . .William Holden, not Yul Brynner, was pegged to play Rameses. . .yet Bill didn't want to have his head shaved, while Brynner was an international star following his clean-shaven skullcap in the "King And I." Brynner looked "Egyptian"; he got the part, Holden was dispatched.
And I loved the "diaper pen" disclosure of infant Fraser Heston, who, of course, is Charlton Heston's son, and who played the baby Moses. I've watched this movie, again, dozens of times, but I never noticed the glistening diaper pen on sturdy Fraser's diaper, as the baby laid in his willowy basket, until a giggling Orrison brought it to my attention. Yep, there it is; yet DeMille was on a tight schedule. No time to go back and correct.
In fact, I did not realize that DeMille, 75 when this film was made, suffered a devastating heart attack during production--a setback that threatened to bring the entire project to its knees, before his ambitious daughter filled in for her father, for three short days, before DeMille returned to navigate THE TEN COMMANDMENTS to its historical conclusion. This is good stuff, and Orrison furnishes minute details of just about everything in spellbinding fashion.
So, although Chuck and the gang no longer dominate ABC entertainment on Easter evenings, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS still dominates the hallowed tier of epic lexicons. This movie, after some 50 years, continues to uplift and entertain; and this collector's edition, with its objective grasp of the facts, merely enhances the viewing experience.
--D. Mikels, Author, WALK-ON
|Alot of performances deserved an Oscar. May 18, 2005|
|This is one of those nearly flawless movies that come along every once in a blue moon. I've had a love affair with this movie since watching it for the first time on Easter Sunday, 1979. It's number 4 on my list of all time favorite movies. I say nearly perfect as DeMille took a little bit too much creative license when doing this movie. Moses in the movie is awestruck, but seems raring to go when faced with the Burning Bush, but in reality Moses didn't want this assignment, and was trying to bargin with God to send someone else, in the movie it shows Moses married only to one wife, but there's some notations in the Bible that this wasn't true. Dathan is in this picture, but in reality he wasn't mentioned until the book of Numbers, and finally the real biggie is where when Moses kills Baca in the movie he's brought before Pharoah then exiled, but in the Bible he runs away to the desert of Midian. Anyway, now that I've nitpicked some here I still say it's a wonderfully made film where just about everyone and anyone was in this picture. Of course Charlton Heston never looked so majestic before, or after for that matter, Vincent Price in one of his more villianous roles as Baca, one who I feel should've been nominated for an Oscar, and that was Edward G. Robinson for his portrayal of Dathan, but of course Edward is one of my favorite actors, but here he really hoofed it up. Then there's Yul Brenner as Ramasees, and Anne Baxter as Nefreteri, and don't forget the special effects, and wonderful direction, and narration by DeMille himself, so it really is one of Hollywood's masterpieces, and will never be duplicated, or remade to be this majestic ever again. It's inspiring to watch many times over and over again. |
|Excellent DVD Transfer Apr 30, 2005|
|This is not a review of this film, as it is completely familiar to almost everyone. However, I highly recommend this DVD for its quality. I have owned three different VHS versions of this film and a laser disc edition. This DVD transfer is, by far, the best ever offered to the public. The image is sharp and|
well defined and the sound is first rate. One minor flaw is that the "entr'act" music is not in stereo. When viewed on my computer screen, the image is the the widest I have ever seen of the VistaVision film offering the most complete frame image I have ever seen of this film on video.
One final note, the commentary track by an author who wrote a most inadequate book on the making of The Ten Commandments, is
filled with errors, lacks commentary during scenes that cry out for it and contains comments unrelated to the scenes being shown. Other than that I highly recommend this DVD.
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